Iraq: A Trillion Here, A Trillion There
Program #STIJ002. Recorded in Amherst, MA on March 02, 2006.
Everett Dirksen, Republican Senator from Illinois in the 1950s and 60s, once said, "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money." Well, if Dirksen were alive today, he'd be talking about trillions. The U.S. war on Iraq is draining the Treasury coffers to the tune of at least a $ trillion possibly two. Besides being illegal, as Kofi Annan said, the war is wreaking economic havoc on the future of the U.S. Remember when hawks like Paul Wolfowitz were confidently saying, Not to worry. Revenues from Iraqi oil will pay for the war. Of course, it's not all gloomy news. Let's look at the upside. If you are, NorthrupGrumman, Blackwell, Halliburton, Bechtel or some of the other big contractors, Iraq is a gold mine.
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